Lakers’ LeBron James goes to I Promise School before playing Cavs

LeBron James gets hero's reception on Cleveland return

USA TODAY Sports David Richard

The Cavs forward no longer is active with the team, having made a decision to step away while he waits for Cleveland to trade him, The Athletic's Joe Vardon reported Tuesday, citing an National Basketball Association source.

Smith signed a four-year, $57 million deal with the Cavs following the 2016 championship win.

"I don't want my legacy to be remembered like that in Cleveland". "I can't even be competitive anymore".

The move comes hours after the release of an interview with Smith by The Athletic that featured him saying the Cavs, 2-13 overall and 0-8 on the road, were trying to lose.

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Smith's departure comes a day before James makes his return to Cleveland for the first time with the Los Angeles Lakers. "The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can", Smith told The Athletic on Monday.

However, Smith's support eroded some during last year's Finals when he lost track of the score in Game 1 and dribbled out the final seconds of regulation, depriving the Cavaliers a chance to steal a win.

"I just don't to bother him too much", Osman said, smiling. "I don't think that's fair to the trainers or the equipment guys", Smith said.

"I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise, obviously, and then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work". There were several notable plays throughout the series, maybe none more important than Smith's eight-point solo run after halftime of Game 7. "I always ask him how he's doing, with his life, his health ... and just thank him".

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